12for12 January Challenge: Make eye contact

Speak Schmeak

Now, for our first challenge: Make Eye Contact. I roll my eyes when I read a public speaking article that recommends looking at the back wall instead of your audience, to make it appear as though you are giving eye contact to the whole group.

12for12 January Challenge: Make eye contact

Speak Schmeak

Now, for our first challenge: Make Eye Contact. I roll my eyes when I read a public speaking article that recommends looking at the back wall instead of your audience, to make it appear as though you are giving eye contact to the whole group.

For a professional image: Say good-bye to filler words and hello to eye contact

PowerPoint Tips

Here’s the technique that has worked for me: Write out your speech. Do you have another technique? Say hello to eye contact. One problem some speakers have is lack of eye contact. I’d be perfectly happy speaking with my eyes closed! To do this, you establish eye contact with one person at a time, for a sentence or two (or a complete thought). I look them in the eye, one after another. Do you have another technique?

For a professional image: Good-bye filler words & hello eye contact

PowerPoint Tips

One problem some speakers have is lack of eye contact. Here's my technique Do you strive to look, sound, and perform your best when you present? When you're at an event where several people speak, you'll notice that some people sprinkle their talk with filler words, especially "uh." By contrast, those who speak without filler words sound polished and eloquent. They speak to the air over the audience's head.

3 things you must avoid when delivering a presentation to a live audience

PowerPoint Tips

Meet the eyes of your audience members. In the same tip I linked to above, I have a cute, if quirky exercise that can help you learn eye contact while practicing. Here’s a tip on one such technique, creating a menu in PowerPoint.

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Analysis of a Speech by Elif ?afak

Manner of Speaking

afa k uses this technique to brilliant effect starting at 6:20 when she talks about three very negative ev ents for Turkey while she was still in school: a military takeover in the country, the attempted assassination of the Pope by a Turkish gunman, and Turkey’s terrible show ing in the Eurovision Song Contest. She makes good eye contact with the members of her audience. Elif ?afak

PRESENTATION MANNERS

Professionally Speaking...

LOOK 'EM IN THE EYES. In a presentation, too often the speaker speaks to the screen behind him or keeps his eyes focused on his notes. Tags: Presentation Tips and Techniques business presentations eye contact Miss Manners presentation skills

2009 130

How to Look Confident by Knowing Where and How to Look! « The Shy.

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

Posted: December 28, 2007 by Gary in Body Language , Dealing with People , Networking & Small Talk , Public Speaking , The Shy Speakers Guide 4 Many of us have heard about the importance of maintaining eye contact whilst we are speaking. Effective use of eye contact helps the speaker: - Appear more Credible Most psychologists and body language readers have noticed that liars tend to fidget more and have difficulty maintaining eye contact.

2007 40

Hey! Over HERE, Mister Dominos!

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

Not-So-Good Point: No Eye Contact. Eye contact is essential for any kind of ‘trust me’ message, whether it’s in person, on the stage, or on camera. Tags: Presentations Technique Technology deep fried turkey Dominos YouTube eye contact flammable turkey alert hillbillies North Carolina Patrick Doyle PR disaster management teleprompter I was pretty shocked by the Dominos YouTube incident.

Nine awesome techniques for managing presentation and public speaking nerves

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

The more they can imagine seeing, hearing and feeling success in their minds eye, the more effective a speaker they tend to be in reality. Aim to make and hold good eye contact with your audience. Look out at the audience through their eyes, feeling the confidence that say seem to naturally posses. – what techniques have you found to help you or your colleagues. The most asked question I get is “how can I overcome my fear of public speaking&#.

Nine awesome techniques for overcoming fear of public speaking

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

The more they can imagine seeing, hearing and feeling success in their minds eye, the more effective a speaker they become in reality. Aim to make and hold good eye contact with your audience. Look out at the audience through their eyes, feeling the confidence that say seem to naturally posses. – what techniques have you found to help you or your colleagues overcome the fear of public speaking? Post your comments below.

Presentation Myths

Professionally Speaking...

Myth :: Look at a point just over the audience’s heads and they will think you''re making eye contact with them. Reality :: Unless your audience has their collective eyes closed, it will be pretty easy to see that you''re not looking anyone in the eye.

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3 Places To Use A Neutral Face In Your Presentations

Professionally Speaking...

But there are times, both when delivering a presentation and when watching one, that a neutral face is a very useful technique. The neutral face is pleasant and attentive with strong eye contact and relaxed facial muscles.

2015 207

Thinking of doing a Hangout? Read this first!

Speak Schmeak

Place your webcam at or above eye level When you sit at your desk, your screen tends to be a little bit lower than eye level, unless you have a really high desk or a massive monitor. If you want to make eye contact (and your audience wants you to), you must look INTO the webcam lens.

2014 226

Want your presentation to knock 'em dead? Use tips from comedy! Guest post by David Nihill

Speak Schmeak

Use Comedy Writing Techniques Use words like "weird," "amazing," "scary," "hard," "stupid," and "crazy" in the joke/story/topic setup and introduction to grab people’s attention. Humor Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Speakers There is a movement beginning.

2014 252

Presentation Tip: Actively Listen to Your Audience

Professionally Speaking...

Try these techniques to show your audience you really do care about and value their thoughts: as audience members make comments or ask questions, don't finish their sentences -- be respectful and wait until the person has finished before you respond. make eye contact to show interest.

The power of presence

Speak Schmeak

Specifically, the article is about the power of appropriate and well-practiced eye contact, the use of personal space, and the practice of being present in developing a charismatic and influential personality.

Power 199

In Presentations, Normal Isn't The Same As Effective

Professionally Speaking...

Making continual eye contact with the audience to engage them and read their reactions. PowerPoint Presentation Tips and Techniques presentations the new normal

2014 156

December 12for12 Challenge: Put it all together

Speak Schmeak

Waaaaay back in January, we started out with practicing eye contact, and we've attacked every possible confidence challenge along the way. 12for12 Public Speaking Techniques and StrategiesIt's December, which means it's the last month of 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 !

2012 184

Are you a flabby speaker?

Speak Schmeak

You''re not starting from scratch, learning the basics of engaging the audience, moving your body effectively, making eye contact, telling stories, and all those things that are complicated and scary for beginners.

2013 217

Toasts for the Season

Professionally Speaking...

As in all presentation situations, make eye contact with the entire group and speak clearly, slowly and loudly enough so everyone can hear. Holiday Toasts Presentation Tips and Techniques holiday toasts Thanksgiving

2013 152

Public Speaking Tips from my Dog Balou -- Guest post by Joey Asher

Speak Schmeak

They know that if they connect with the audience with energy, eye contact and stories, all will be forgiven. Balou Makes Great Eye Contact Balou knows that to connect with people, you need great eye contact. Still out of town!

2010 176

New Tools for Your Presentation Toolbox

Professionally Speaking...

Some of these tools are techniques we draw on like eye contact, body language, stories and voice inflection. PowerPoint Presentation Tips and Techniques Diagrammer Nancy Duarte PollToGo PowerPoint presentations

2012 175

Who's in the room?

Speak Schmeak

No eye contact. Sometimes you just can't tell what someone is thinking, even if they're not making eye contact and they appear hostile. Maybe they learn better by listening, and eye contact distracts them.

2007 130

How to Introduce a Speaker

Professionally Speaking...

The normal routine is for the introducer to read fact after boring fact from a speaker's bio, with little eye contact or inflection, perhaps even stumble over the speaker's name, and then withdraw with relief. What other techniques have you used or seen used when introducing a speaker?

2011 156

Presentation Lessons from the Tonys

Professionally Speaking...

make eye contact with the audience. make eye contact. Award shows are filled with presentation lessons thanks to the quantity of presenters and variety of styles. The 2010 Tony Awards were no exception.

2010 168

Presentation Tip: Say It Again, With Feeling

Professionally Speaking...

So you can watch facial expressions, make eye contact, pick up on side comments made by audience members and invite questions confidently. TECHNIQUES TO STAY FRESH When you deliver material over and over, one of the key things you have to guard against is your own boredom.

2010 192

Breaking Bad Habits in Presentations

Professionally Speaking...

The annoying behavior videotape exposes may be avoiding eye contact with the audience, clenching hands into fists, using an abundance of filler words [ um , ah , like , you know ], putting hands in and out of pockets, absentmindedly fidgeting with glasses, hair or jewelry.

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Focusing on the Positive: Guest post by Ryan Rivera

Speak Schmeak

Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking AnxietyWhile I'm on vacation in Sonoma, stuffing myself with cheese and wine, I've got a couple of guest posts lined up for you! The first is from Ryan Rivera, editor of the site Calm Clinic , a site for anxiety and panic sufferers.

2012 184

The power of presence

Speak Schmeak

Specifically, the article is about the power of appropriate and well-practiced eye contact, the use of personal space, and the practice of being present in developing a charismatic and influential personality.

Power 130

12for12 February Challenge: Be present

Speak Schmeak

Click here for the first challenge, Make Eye Contact, and then join the discussion on my Facebook group (you have make a request to join, but it's an open group and everyone is welcome). 12for12 Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

2012 225

Are you making these rookie mistakes?

Speak Schmeak

Not only does this freeze your movement in place or, if you do move around the stage, force you to return to the keyboard every time you want to advance to the next slide, it restricts your eye contact and inhibits gestures. There's nothing wrong with being an inexperienced speaker.

2011 243

Presentations Sitting Down

Professionally Speaking...

I didn't and was constantly swiveling from side to side in an effort to make frequent eye contact with everyone up and down the expanse of table. Tags: Presentation Tips and Techniques business presentations

2010 190

Public Speaking Tips from my Dog Balou -- Guest post by Joey Asher

Speak Schmeak

They know that if they connect with the audience with energy, eye contact and stories, all will be forgiven. Balou Makes Great Eye Contact Balou knows that to connect with people, you need great eye contact. Still out of town!

2010 130

5 public speaking lessons from a Vitamix demo

Speak Schmeak

I had been eyeing the Vitamix for years, and I knew that Costco regularly held "road shows" for the blender. He flipped switches and turned dials, barely looking at the machine, so he could maintain eye contact with his audience. On Saturday, I paid a visit to my local Costco.

2011 273

Tips from the Acting Stage, Episode #4

Professionally Speaking...

I watched the production from two perspectives: a regular theatre-goer, immersed in the story and music and a presentation trainer, observing the actors' techniques. Last weekend I went to see A Little Night Music on Broadway with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury.

Stage 152

Surviving the mini-presentation: Your self-introduction

Speak Schmeak

Make eye contact with one or two people. Quick Fixes Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety The Business of Speaking

Get out of the cage and own the stage!

Speak Schmeak

Eye contact with the room 4. Eyes down or looking at a place between speaker and audience 3. Start with your posture , tall, relaxed and open, facing the audience with your feet squared and your eyes forward. Keep your head up and your eyes out.

Stage 214

Never Read a Speech.Badly

Professionally Speaking...

It usually is tricky to maintain decent eye contact, a struggle to sound authentic, challenging to create any kind of connection with the audience.and just plain boring to listen to. Notice, above all, how much eye contact she has with the audience. Speak to the audience only when your eyes are off the text. Tags: Executive Presentations Presentation Style Presentation Tips and Techniques business presentations J.K.

2010 117

5 public speaking lessons from a Vitamix demo

Speak Schmeak

I had been eyeing the Vitamix for years, and I knew that Costco regularly held "road shows" for the blender. He flipped switches and turned dials, barely looking at the machine, so he could maintain eye contact with his audience. On Saturday, I paid a visit to my local Costco.

2011 256

Book Review: Speaking Up Without Freaking Out

Professionally Speaking...

:: Grab your audience's attention with a powerful opening. :: Maintain eye contact. :: Don't read your PowerPoint slides. :: Encourage the audience to ask questions throughout your presentation.

2012 175

9 ways to act like a pro, even if you're not

Speak Schmeak

Make eye contact. Another pair of eyes will help you find the mistakes you're overlooking. Tags: Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking You may not be a professional speaker, but there's no reason not to act like one.

2010 224

Practice like you mean it

Speak Schmeak

The coach would stop them to point out body position, angles, footwork or passing techniques. Practice making eye contact. Tags: Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Athletes